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Five due in court over Galway burglaries

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Four men and one woman, are due to appear before Galway District Court this morning after weekend arrests in connection with recent burglaries across Galway.

The five, who are all aged in their 20s, were detained at Garda stations around Galway following their arrest near Dublin on Saturday evening.

They will be appearing at Galway District Court this morning on charges relating to burglaries around Galway and the possession of stolen goods.

Gardai from Galway, assisted by a number of national units, including the Organised Crime Unit and Emergency Response Unit, arrested the five in the Balbriggan area.

It is understood that a quantity of power tools and other items were seized by the Gardai during the arrests.

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Galway TD Tells Dáil City Housing Affordability Now At Crisis Point

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A Galway TD has told the Dáil that the unaffordability of housing in Galway city is at absolute crisis point, with locals unable to get on the property ladder.

Galway West Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell says there’s an urgent need to increase affordable and social housing in preserving and building communities in Galway.

She referenced a 345 build-to-rent apartment development at Crown Square in Mervue which has recently got the go ahead from An Bord Pleanála.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Farrell says it’s time to favour people and communities over developers and profits.

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Galway East Minister Says Wage Subsidy Scheme To Employ People with Disabilities In the Private Sector Should be Reviewed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway’s Minister for Disability says a review of the Wage Subsidy Scheme for Employers is needed to help address the low employment rate for people with disabilities in Ireland.

According to new research by the ESRI, the country now has the fourth lowest employment rate among people with a disability in the EU,

It also highlights that people with a disability in Ireland are more than twice as likely to experience poverty and deprivation than those without.

The Wage Subsidy Scheme gives financial support to private sector employers who can provide between 21 and 39 hours of employment per week to workers with a disability.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway East Minister for Disability Anne Rabbitte says the current scheme is not working and needs to reviewed.

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Pop-up vaccination clinic to operate from NUIG next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pop-up vaccination base will operate from NUI Galway next week.

It’s one of 11 pop up vaccination centres that will be established across third level colleges next week.

The clinics will provide first or second doses and will be provided to students and staff.

The initiative aims to maximise vaccine uptake in those who have not yet availed of vaccination, including international students.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris says Ireland has already seen a great uptake from young people and vaccination week will offer anyone who hasn’t received their first or second dose the opportunity to do so.

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